So it turns out that Will Blackmon’s absence from practice had nothing to do with him flying to California for the birth of his son and everything to do with a bum knee that flared up on him in practice Wednesday.
Tom Coughlin said the punt returner didn’t suffer from any “incident,” but had “wear and tear.” “Towards the end of practice yesterday he kind of slowed down a little bit,” Coughlin said.
Blackmon went on IR last year with a knee injury, had it surgically repaired, and the was put on IR by the Packers in training camp this year when the knee did not respond. He was waived from IR and picked up by the Giants and has been their punt return guy ever since.
Coughlin said he didn’t know if Blackmon’s latest “wear and tear” is to the same knee as the one he had surgery on last year.
It’s a good bet that Blackmon will not be on the trip to visit his former team this week. So who will return punts? Darius Reynaud might go back to the job he held at the beginning of the season, or the Giants could have Aaron Ross do it.